CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Greenpeace Activists Refuse Plea Deal, Face Prison - ]]>

Eight of the nine Greenpeace activists charged with hanging a giant banner from the Procter & Gamble building downtown in March showed no interest in a plea deal with prosecutors July 21, a lawyer for the group said. Without a plea deal, the eight risk a maximum sentence of eight years in prison on felony burglary and vandalism charges.

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<![CDATA[Holder: Obama Administration Will File in Ohio Early Voting Suit - ]]>

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department plans to join a lawsuit against the state of Ohio seeking to restore early voting in the state.

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<![CDATA[Local Rally Supports Palestinian Civilians in Embattled Gaza - ]]>

About 500 people rallied downtown July 20 to show support for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, where more than 400 civilians have been killed over the past few weeks in clashes between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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<![CDATA[Northside Community Council OKs Needle Exchange Program - ]]>

Northside Community Council voted July 21 to create a needle exchange program in the neighborhood. The effort, run by the Cincinnati Exchange Program, will start sometime in August and operate from a van one day a week for three hours at a time. Planned Parenthood will also participate, providing testing services for diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

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<![CDATA[Homelessness Rising After Federal Funding Cuts - ]]>

More demand for housing aid and less money from the feds have combined to create a simple but brutal equation swelling the number of homeless individuals and families in the Cincinnati area and across the country.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Candidates Kasich, FitzGerald Face Similar Legal Battles - ]]>

Both Gov. John Kasich and gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald are fighting lawsuits over records related to scheduling and security. And while the press and opposing political parties push for disclosure, both are fighting to keep those records private.

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<![CDATA[COAST Says It Will Fight Music Hall/Union Terminal Tax Plan - ]]>

The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) says it will fight Hamilton County Commissioners’ proposed plans to raise either sales or property taxes to help pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.

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<![CDATA[Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban - ]]>

A federal judge on July 1 ruled Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. But same-sex couples in the state can’t get marriage licenses just yet.

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<![CDATA[Pepper Blames AG DeWine for Rape Kit Backlog - ]]>

The race for Ohio attorney general is heating up, and Democratic candidate David Pepper last week slammed his opponent, current Attorney General Mike DeWine, over Ohio’s lag in testing rape kits, which are samples collected when a rape is reported. 

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<![CDATA[Council Funds OTR Affordable Housing Development - ]]>

A deal approved by City Council June 25 splits limited funds among two affordable housing projects, funding one in Over-the-Rhine and leaving the door open for another that’s been in the works for the last few years in Avondale.

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<![CDATA[Group Asks Kroger to Support Farm Workers - ]]>

A national group working to convince companies to change the way they buy produce picketed Kroger’s annual shareholder meeting June 26.

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<![CDATA[Democrats Highlight Higher Education Expense - ]]>

City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and other Democrats held an event June 27 near the University of Cincinnati criticizing Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature for the low level of funding available for higher education in the state.

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<![CDATA[GE Set to Move Into The Banks - ]]>

General Electric is officially moving 1,800 employees to The Banks, the entertainment and retail complex on Cincinnati’s riverfront. But it took some deal-sweetening by the city to make it happen.

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<![CDATA[Courts: Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp Charged Unfair Rates - Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, unfair rates, Cincinnati Ballet, Jungle Jims, YWCA]]>

What do the Cincinnati Ballet, Jungle Jim’s and the YWCA have in common? Last month, an Ohio court upheld a ruling that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has been overcharging these and thousands of other businesses and organizations in the state.

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<![CDATA[Ed FitzGerald to Walk in Northside Fourth of July Parade - ]]>

Ohio Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is coming to Northside for the annual Fourth of July Parade.

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<![CDATA[City Funds Bike Share, Battles Over Bike Paths - ]]>

Before the summer is over, Cincinnatians should be able to rent a bike in Over-the-Rhine, Clifton or downtown and take it for a spin. But whether or not there will eventually be more bike lanes to ride in may still be up in the air.

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<![CDATA[ACLU Says Feds Should End Contract at Ohio Private Prison - ]]>

Youngstown’s Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, Ohio’s only privately run prison, has had a fraught history since it was opened by Corrections Corporation of America in 1997.

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<![CDATA[Court Restores Early Voting Days - ]]>

A federal court handed down a big victory for voting rights advocates June 11 when it ruled that Ohio must maintain three days of early voting previously eliminated by Ohio Secretary of State John Husted. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus ruled that the state must provide voting the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before election day.

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<![CDATA[Streetcar Advocates Expand Focus to Uptown and Beyond - ]]>

Believe in Cincinnati, the grassroots group that played a big role advocating for the Cincinnati streetcar during and since the infamous City Hall pause, is expanding its focus beyond Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Sherrod Brown Pushes Student Loan Refinancing - ]]>

At a time when charges for borrowing money have hit nearly historic lows, students and those currently repaying federal student loans have been locked into older, higher rates.

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